Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
Deserted caves ingeniously built into the living rock of the mountain, the Indians who lived here have long since packed up and gone. Like the Anasazi of Utah and Colorado, the beautiful cave dwellings are testament to these people's hard work and creativity. Warm in winter, with clever openings in the roofs to let out the smoke, and cool in summer, one has to climb up a ladder to access the gently curving openings. And from inside, such spectacular views over the valley. A perfect dwelling. Here we met an old man and his son who told us his father had received a deadly diagnosis the previous year, and since then they were visiting each and every national park and monument in the continental United States. Bandalier was his thirty-fourth.
By Anne McGlynn
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
Sun - Sat 9am - 6pm